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March 12, 2018 05:32 PM

Maher: "We Already Plan On Giving The Teachers More Than A One Percent Increase"

Sioux Falls, SD

The South Dakota state legislature has decided to give school districts a funding increase -- something that wasn't in the governor's original budget. 

Districts are getting a one percent funding increase, as well as a one-time increase of 0.7 percent, both Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson and Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton tell KELOLAND News. Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Brian Maher says salary and benefits for all staff, not only teachers, are the biggest parts of the district's funding responsibilities.

"What the one percent will help us do is dig less into the reserves that we have," Maher said. "Because we already plan on giving the teachers more than a one percent increase, so the one percent just means we'll have to dig a little bit less into our reserve."

Coming up on KELOLAND News at Ten, we'll have what Maher has to say about the school district's position on possible national walkouts, which could take place this week.

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